Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects around 7% of children. Children with ADHD could have low academic development, learning disabilities, low self-esteem, and impaired emotions. But, let's concentrate on what you can do about it.
Is there a natural approach for ADHD? A group of physicians from the journal BMC Pediatrics looking for a safer approach to ADHD did a clinical trial of sixty-six children (6 to 12 years old) with ADHD (1). They combined magnesium (6 mg/kg/day) and vitamin D (50,000 IU once a week) for eight weeks. Always consult with your primary care physician or pediatrician before adding any dietary supplements.
After eight weeks, the ADHD children treated with magnesium and vitamin D were compared to placebo and demonstrated a significant reduction in:
*And many more behavior issues.
Magnesium is a mineral that helps with relaxation and anxiety. Vitamin D is crucial for the production of serotonin in the brain. Research has demonstrated that low vitamin D levels will produce low levels of serotonin and emotional issues in humans.
Can diet help? Absolutely!
It is vital to decrease refined carbohydrates like the three whites, white bread, white rice, and white flour. Even if you see healthy claims on some cereal boxes, be careful. There is a lot of sugar, which is not good for attention and focus.
Alright, have a wonderful day!
David Rivas, RPh, MSc, CCN
Hemamy, M., Pahlavani, N., Amanollahi, A., Islam, S. M. S., McVicar, J., Askari, G., & Malekahmadi, M. (2021). The effect of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation on the mental health status of attention-deficit hyperactive children: a randomized controlled trial. BMC pediatrics, 21(1), 1-8.
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